Hiddleston and co-star Elizabeth Olsen had received strong reviews when the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
But Sony Classics execs decided against a late November release due to Hiddleston’s lack of availability to promote the movie due to his commitment to shoot “Kong: Skull Island.”
“I Saw the Light” will now open against Warner Bros.’ “Batman V. Superman,” Universal’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and Fox’s “Keeping Up With The Joneses.”
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography, with Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones also starring. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, while G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance exec produced.
Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “I Saw the Light,” “Lost Highway,” “Jambalaya (on the Bayou),” “Ramblin’ Man,” “You Win Again” and “Lovesick Blues.” He suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 of heart failure.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.